Ranji Trophy: Historic semi-finals entry for fiesty Vidarbha

Updated: Dec 12, 2017, 11:13 IST | PTI | Surat

Left-arm orthodox spinner Aditya Sarwate (6-41) claimed a six-wicket haul as Vidarbha posted a comfortable 412-run win over Kerala in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match here and booked a semi-final berth

Left-arm orthodox spinner Aditya Sarwate (6-41) claimed a six-wicket haul as Vidarbha posted a comfortable 412-run win over Kerala in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final match here and booked a semi-final berth. Vidarbha will take on Karnataka, who defeated Mumbai in another quarter-final match, in their last-four game.

Aditya Sarwate
Aditya Sarwate

Resuming on 431 for six, Vidarbha declared their second innings on 507 for nine, to set a mammoth target of 578 for Kerala. Overnight batsman Akshay Wadkar completed his half-century, remaining unbeaten on 67 off 110 balls. Chasing a huge total, Kerala did not get off to a good start and kept losing wickets at regular interval with Sarwate recording his best bowling figures.

Stingy Sarwate
Sarwate took six wickets with an economy of 2.51 in 16.2 overs. Salman Nizar was the lone batsman who played a responsible knock, top-scoring for Kerala with 64 off 104 balls, clobbering four boundaries and an equal number of sixes, even as other Kerala batsmen struggled to score runs. Delhi face Bengal in semis At Vijaywada, The seasoned Gautam Gambhir struck a fine 95 and powered Delhi to the semi-finals following a seven-wicket victory over Madhya Pradesh yesterday. Delhi will take on Bengal in their semi-final. Chasing 217 for an outright win, Delhi relied on Gambhir's 129-ball 95, which was laced with nine boundaries and a six. Even as the bowlers failed to dismiss him, Gambhir was unfortunately run out by Mihir Hirwani as he approached what would have been a well-deserved century. Gambhir was well-supported by Kunal Chandela (57) and Dhruv Shorey, who remained unbeaten on 46, when the winning runs were scored. Delhi were eight for no loss at stumps on the fourth and penultimate evening with Kunal Chandela and Vikas Tokas in the middle.

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